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Immigration attorneys applaud rule change (access required)

New process would allow families to stay together as visa is mulled, but lawyers warn that applicants could be vulnerable to scammers

The phone started ringing in George D. Pappas’ law office in Charlotte shortly after the Obama administration announced a proposal that would allow certain visa applicants to remain in the U.S. while awaiting legal status. Pappas was one of the many immigration lawyers across the country fielding calls from curious potential clients on the afternoon of Jan. 6 as word quickly spread of the federal Citizenship and Immigration Services’ proposed rule change, which is expected to streamline the process for family unity waivers.

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